The Law Society ushers in the opening of the legal year

The formal opening of the legal year took place at 11.30am at Westminster Abbey on 1 October 2021.

The invite-only event was attended by approximately 200 dignitaries from the English and Welsh legal sector, and hosted by the lord chancellor, Dominic Raab MP.

The night before the event, we hosted a formal dinner where I. Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society, gave a speech to usher in the new legal year.

Stephanie’s speech covered:

  • the global legal community
  • the rule of law
  • diversity and inclusion

Stephanie expressed solidarity with members of the profession around the world who are persecuted for simply doing their jobs, such as those currently in Afghanistan.

She also called on her peers to do all they can to uphold the rule of law, and fight to ensure that the legal system remains fair and efficient.

Finally, Stephanie reiterated a key pledge of her presidency: to leave the profession a more diverse place than she found it.

She said that diversity is: “not just a moral necessity, but fundamental to our societal role. The legal profession should reflect those it serves, and people are more confident when engaging professionals who share experiences and backgrounds with them."

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